Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mommy Plans: Homemade Baby Food.

The second baby is different from the first. There is less, "What the heck do I do now?" shock. I'm more confident. Less afraid that I'm missing something important, and less overwhelmed and so more willing to try new things. With the first baby, I got carried away and wanted to buy all sorts of new things. With Claire, there were so many more things that I realized I didn't really need and I wanted as much as possible to be used, not because it was less important for Claire to have nice things than it was for Coryn to but because I realized how temporary all these baby things are.

I also decided I was going to make my own baby food.




At first making my own baby food seemed adventurous, the stuff of Supermom-hood, but after a few weeks of doing it, I realized that it is so easy that I don't really deserve all the self-back-patting I had been doing. First off, here are two awesome sources, one video and one a site with "recipes" (quotation marks because these instructions are way too simple to merit the word "recipes." They are more like preparation instructions as to the best way to get food baby ready).

Baby Center "Make Your Own Baby Food" video.
Site with Baby Food Recipes.

I started off my food experiments by squashing up a ripe avocado with a fork. I eventually found out that it needed some water added for her to get it down easily. She wasn't choking on it, but she kept spitting it out and really didn't seem to understand how to swallow. . .actually I stumbled upon the water addition trick by accident. I was thawing some avocado I had frozen in a warm water bath and my freezer bag sprung a leak. At first I thought, "great, that's ruined" but decided to give her some anyway and she loved it. With avocado I include a squirt of lemon juice to make sure it doesn't brown right away.

My next step was when her sister got a banana, stealing about an inch of it, mashing it up with a fork (again, no cooking or prep) and giving her that. This was her favorite and she finally started getting into eating. Next I decided to try carrots. I figured I'd need to blend them, but after doing some reading, I found that steaming them until soft was enough to get them to be fork-mashable, so again I fell back on my fork mashing routine.

Today I bought a bag of sweet potatoes and they are roasting in the over right now. Some sites suggest adding butter to baby food to help them absorb the nutrients. I haven't tried this yet, but it makes sense to me. I am introducing one new food a week so that I can observe for adverse reactions (food allergies, burning poo, etc) and remove foods that give her trouble. I want to do pears, apples, peas, and green beans, not necessarily in that order.

This whole process involves minimal effort and from what I've seen it is giving Claire a much fresher, more palatable product than the baby foods that come in a can and sit there on shelves for ages. It also gives me more control over what she is eating as far as I know she's not going to fall victim to food tampering or product contamination. I'm not saying jarred baby food is bad. I'm just saying that the home made version is so easy that there is no reason not to try it.




3 comments:

  1. Smashed up peas and potatoes were the biggest for us! However, that did mean we pretty much had peas or potatoes with every meal (at least until baby could handle other things). I think I'll be a tad bit more creative this go around! :P

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  2. I hadn't even thought of avocados as a first food. I love avacado! Great post!

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    1. it helps if you are willing to eat the food in front of the baby. I had to stop giving my first daughter certain baby food because I could tell she was thinking, "well, you eat it then. . ." It's easier with fresh baby food to muscle through it. Some of the canned ones are just nasty.

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